The Call of Nonfiction

November 18, 2012 § 3 Comments


We are receiving an increasing number of e-mails asking us to solicit nonfiction submissions from readers of this blog, so we wonder, do readers of this blog want us to post these calls for submissions?  You can vote here, and then jump down to see the call from Soundings Review:

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Soundings Review, the journal of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, invites you to submit your work.  Our deadline approaches, and we are low on nonfiction submissions, a trend we hope you, the nonfiction writer in search of a home for your well-crafted essay, can help us reverse.

Our submission guidelines can be found here: http://www.nila.edu/soundings/submissions/ We look forward to reading your work.”

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§ 3 Responses to The Call of Nonfiction

  • Because of your specialty, your list of magazines has deeper cuts than Duotrope, which has just started nonfiction listings and lacks a lot of magazines. This means that not only is your magazine a resource for nonfiction, but these submission announcements help us all to support the form.

    My only concern would be not allowing any one magazine to make a pitch more than once a year, and/or to limit requests to those where there’s an actual need for some reason: a themed issue, a new nonfiction section, a new editor who’s taking things in a different direction, a fee-free contest with embarrassingly few entries. I wouldn’t want Brevity to be a firehose of generic promotional spam. So far, every request has been personable and I’ve never felt spammed. Whatever you’re currently doing is exactly right, to my mind.

  • Yes. Calls for non-fiction submissions very useful here…

  • CRWROPPS, New Pages, and Duotrope already fulfill that function. Your blog is a wonderful place for news and discussions of the nonfiction writing craft. Adding various calls for submissions will, in my opinion, dilute the content and quality. Especially if those calls for submissions are easily available elsewhere. On the other hand, if it’s something we won’t find in the usual outlets, please, bring it on!

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